Quickly Quotable #32 – Garrison Keillor

“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.”

“A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever.”

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”

“Beauty isn’t worth thinking about; what’s important is your mind. You don’t want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.”

“Librarians…possess a vast store of politeness. These are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God’s green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric and mouth-breather there is.”

Garrison Keillor

  • Born: 7 August 1942
  • Birthplace: Anoka, Minnesota
  • Best Known As: The host of radio’s A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor is an author, storyteller, humorist, and creator of the weekly radio show A Prairie Home Companion. The show began in 1974 as a live variety show on Minnesota Public Radio. In the 1980s A Prairie Home Companion became a pop culture phenomenon, with millions of Americans listening to Keillor’s folksy tales of life in the fictional Midwestern town of Lake Wobegon, where (in Keillor’s words) “the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all of the children are above average.” Keillor ended the show in 1987, and 1989 began a similar new radio show titled American Radio Company of the Air. In 1993 he returned the show to its original name. Keillor also created the syndicated daily radio feature A Writer’s Almanac in 1993. He has written for The New Yorker and is the author of several books, including Happy to Be Here (1990), Leaving Home (1992), Lake Wobegon Days (1995), and Good Poems for Hard Times (2005). His radio show inspired a 2006 movie, A Prairie Home Companion, written by and starring Keillor and directed by Robert Altman.

Keillor graduated from the University of Minneosta in 1966… His signature sign-off on The Writer’s Almanac is “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch”… A Prairie Home Companion was Altman’s last film; he died later that year. The film also starred Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan.


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5 Responses to Quickly Quotable #32 – Garrison Keillor

  1. Cindy says:

    One of my favourite people 😀

  2. Heather says:

    I was thinking–the first quote is my favorite. Then I read the second, and thought that was–but then the third and fourth were just as good! Love these Sunday reflections. 🙂

  3. We absolutely adore – admire, esteem and respect – Garrison Keillor! He has been a favorite of our family for decades – our boys grew up listening to PHC tapes as we went on car trips. “Aunt Bertha’s Kitty Boutique,” “The Ketchup Board,” and of course, P.O.E.M. – the “Professional Organization of English Majors!” However, he is not a one-trick pony – he is a multi-talented and extraordinary man and he has never failed to delight as well as inspire me. His fiction, his commentary – all he does is top notch!

    Now, I think I’ll go and break out a big blue box of Powdermilk Biscuits – after all, they give shy persons the strength to get up and do what needs to be done. . .

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